In 2014, more white people died than were born in 17 American states, a new high, according to a new study. In 2004, four states had more white deaths than births. Researchers said the trend will likely continue given an aging white population in the US.
Non-Hispanic white deaths in states that represent 38 percent of the US population have surpassed white birth rates, according to new research by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.
The states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The total population of these states is about 121 million.
“The fact that this was going on in states that contain such a substantial part of the U.S. population stunned even me,” Kenneth Johnson, co-author of the study and a senior demographer and sociology professor at the University of New Hampshire, told the Wall Street Journal. “We’re probably going to see it in several more states” in the years ahead, he added.